Sacré-Coeur Basilica (Basilique du Sacré-Coeur)
Sacré-Coeur (pronounced sah-kray-kurr) is one of France’s most important Roman Catholic buildings. The Basilica (another name for a church) is based in Roman architecture and took over 40 years to build. (That’s more than it took to build the Parthenon but not as much time as it took to build Notre-Dame!)
Sacré-Coeur means Sacred Heart in French and priests have been praying here 24 hours a day since 1885.
The egg-shaped dome is the 2nd highest viewpoint in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. It can be reached via a spiral staircase outside to the left of the main Basilica entrance. Vistas can stretch as far as 30 miles on a clear day
Visit the Sacré-Coeur website for more details and you can download their free audio tour.